What is a facelift and is it right for me?

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Posted on June 23, 2016 under Facelift

The traditional notion of a “facelift” is far different today than it was even a decade ago. The thought of lifting the “entire” face with long incisions and wide undermining of the skin is archaic. This type of procedure will lift the face, but it lifts all of the faces. If areas of the face do not need lifting and they are lifted those areas then look overdone and unnatural. Today we have smaller procedures that are directed to specific areas of the face. This allows for much faster healing and a markedly more natural look. Most patients return to work in one to two weeks. For instance, the most common concern we see today from someone desiring a facelift is laxity of the lower cheek and neck. These areas can nicely be corrected with an S-lift procedure using small incisions and minimal skin elevation. It can even be done under local anesthesia. It takes about 2 ½ hours to perform. It should be looked at as a mini-face or mini-neck lift. However, don’t misled let the word “mini”. The results (please see our photo section) are remarkable. There is a very natural look and it is long-lasting (about 10 -12 years). If the concern is the middle of the face over the cheekbones or in the forehead (with wrinkles and droopy eyebrows) there are procedures specifically directed for these areas as well. Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to facial rejuvenation.

Franklin Richards, MD

Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers